We continue our gradual release of the Tigers’ Team of the 21st Century by today revealing the player selected at centre half-forward in the line-up – Matthew Richardson.
On-field position: Key forward
Games in the 2000s (2000-09): 163
Playing honours/achievements: Jack Dyer Medal winner in 2007, Michael Roach Medal winner in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, All-Australian representative in 2008, 3rd in the 2008 Brownlow Medal
Top 10 finishes in Jack Dyer Medal: Eight – 7th in 2001, 2nd in 2002, 6th in 2003, 4th in 2004, 2nd in 2005, 7th in 2006, 1st in 2007, 3rd in 2008
AFL career averages
Contested marks: 2.7
Marks inside-50: 3.4
Contested possessions: 7.0
Uncontested possessions: 8.4
Comment: Selected in Richmond’s official Team of the 20th Century, and impossible to leave him out of this unofficial Tigers’ best line-up of the 21st Century to date. Idolised by the Tiger Army, he constantly thrilled them with his amazing athleticism, courage, outstanding marking prowess and goalkicking exploits. An excitement machine, who could quickly turn the tide of a match through his sheer, individual brilliance. Also showed how versatile he was late in his career, when shifted to a wing and nearly winning the Brownlow Medal. Right up there as one of the greatest Tigers of them all.
Team of the 21st Century so far: